Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center Graduate Paulina Alvarez
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department oversees 14 YouthSource Centers dedicated to providing educational and career readiness services for youth ages 16-24.

On Thursday, September 14th, EWDD’s YouthSource Center partnering agencies participated in the 9th Annual Student Recovery Day, an event held by the Los Angeles Unified School District to re-engage students who have dropped out or not returned to school.

This week’s EWDD Updates highlights success stories from the Para Los Niños (PLN), Brotherhood Crusade and Boyle Heights Youth Technology YouthSource Centers, representing how EWDD and all of our YouthSource Centers provide support every day to disconnected youth, guiding them toward education and career pathways.

Para Los Niños graduate and LAP3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen (center)
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department oversees 14 YouthSource Centers dedicated to providing educational and career readiness services for youth ages 16-24.

On Thursday, September 14th, EWDD’s YouthSource Center partnering agencies participated in the 9th Annual Student Recovery Day, an event held by the Los Angeles Unified School District to re-engage students who have dropped out or not returned to school.

This week’s EWDD Updates highlights success stories from the Para Los Niños (PLN), Brotherhood Crusade and Boyle Heights Youth Technology YouthSource Centers, representing how EWDD and all of our YouthSource Centers provide support every day to disconnected youth, guiding them toward education and career pathways.

LATTC celebrated 25 re-entry graduates from its construction apprenticeship program
On August 29, 2017, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) held a graduation ceremony to celebrate approximately 25 re-entry students who finished training to become apprentices in the construction trades.

The Vernon Central WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided job-readiness workshops and supportive services in the form of boots, tools, and union initiation fees.

Among the graduates was Gilbert, a math whiz who is entering International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 11. His uncle, actor Danny Trejo was in the audience.

Santiago Baizan (center) with Senior Business Development Officer John Wilson (left) and Senior Financial Empowerment Coach Treasure Owens (right) from Vernon Central WSC
The Vernon Central WorkSource Center recently helped a man get off the streets, resolve his debts and provided financial support to help him achieve his dream of becoming a union electrician.

Last year, Santiago Baizan was homeless, out of work and stressed about his credit when he began taking a Financial Empowerment Workshop at the Vernon Central WSC, run by EWDD partner the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).

A senior financial coach provided Santiago guidance toward resources that helped him address his credit issues, including assistance to delete medical items and tickets from his credit report. Once he fixed his credit issues, Santiago regained his focus and took further steps to turn his life around.

LA Valley College President Erika Endrijonas speaks at the Workforce Strategy Center Opening (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
On Friday September 8, 2017, City of Los Angeles EWDD staff joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and higher education and workforce development leaders at the grand opening of the City of LA’s Workforce Strategy Center at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC).

The center launch focused on three high-growth sectors in the Greater LA area: Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, and Transportation.

Both LAVC’s Advanced Manufacturing Academy and Biotech Bridge Training Academy have a demonstrated history of successfully placing individuals into living wage careers. In addition, LAVC’s

World Harvest Food Bank Volunteers distributing donations
When Glen Curado, CEO and Founder of World Harvest Food Bank in Downtown Los Angeles found out that his rent was about to double, the South LA BusinessSource Center helped the organization find an affordable new location three times the size of its current warehouse, providing additional space to store food donations and feed even more families.

“We’re going to be able to bring more food, products and resources to help families,” Glen said. “It’s going to be so much better.”

Currently located in a 7,500 square-foot facility at 3200 South Grand Avenue, the food bank is relocating to a 27,000 square-foot facility at

WSC Re-Entry Program participant Chris is starting a new career in construction
After serving 28 years in prison, Chris is rebuilding his life and starting his dream career in construction, thanks to help from the Vernon Central WorkSource Center (WSC).

Chris was recently paroled and had trouble finding work due to his criminal background. He heard about an employment program for the re-entry population offered at Los Angeles Trade Tech College (LATTC) through the Vernon Central WorkSource Center, which is run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development.

Through the program, Chris also received support from Friends Outside Los Angeles County, a group that specializes in social services for the previously incarcerated and their families.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry with Charles Bailey, an LA:RISE Success Story
More than 1,000 people have found work through the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), a five-year program designed to serve the populations hardest to place in jobs, including the homeless, those with histories of past incarcerations and disconnected youth.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, LA:RISE partners, supporters and participants celebrated the program’s early successes and the expansion of the program into the County of Los Angeles with an event at the historic Kim Sing Theatre in LA’s Chinatown. LA:RISE is administered by the City of Los Angeles EWDD, in partnership with REDF, a venture philanthropy that supports employment social enterprise and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services

The North Valley BSC assisted an entrepreneur with securing a loan to purchase this Canoga Park auto body shop
The North Valley BusinessSource Center, operated by the Valley Economic Development Center, helped an entrepreneur secure a loan to purchase an auto body shop.

Moises Vidales visited the North Valley BusinessSource Center, seeking help to obtain a $100,000 loan to purchase a well-maintained auto body business in Canoga Park.

BSC staff conducted a site visit and inspection of the auto body shop and determined that the business resides in a great location in the Valley – an industrial auto repair district.

Youth Staff Elis Lee poses with the interns at the EWDD culmination event for the Peer Financial Coaches
On Thursday, August 17, 2017, EWDD hosted a culmination event honoring a dozen Peer Financial Coaches who spent the summer teaching youth about financial best practices at ten YouthSource Centers throughout LA.

"You have helped fund the future of a girl who once believed she was destined to fall into the pits of drugs and violence," said Peer Financial Coach Kensi Martinez, reflecting on her experience during the culmination.

“Thanks to this summer employment, I got to explore my interest in finance, which I plan to major in, as well as pay the $126 deposit I could not originally afford to pay to enroll in college. I promise one day I'll repay back the education and experience you have granted me."

Bank of America interns at the USC University Village grand opening event on August 17, 2017
The Bank of America’s Financial Center Internship Program, also known as its Consumer Jobs Program places high school senior and college freshman age students at its financial centers to help youth develop personal and professional skills. Interns learn financial literacy skills and are exposed to the banking industry.

They develop customer service skills as lobby ambassadors. They also develop an understanding of the importance of following a code of ethics and increase their risk awareness through interactions with customers.

As a part of the University of Southern California Village’s Grand Opening on August 17, 2017, the interns were invited to promote Bank of America products and services at its

EWDD's WorkSource Center Employment Re-Entry Program Success Stories
The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) Updates Newsletter from the week of August 14, 2017, features the employment re-entry success stories of five individuals from the WorkSource Center in Sun Valley, operated by El Proyecto del Barrio and the WorkSource Center in Northeast LA, operated by Goodwill Industries.

These stories are about participants of EWDD’s re-entry program, which helps formerly incarcerated individuals find work. We have provided last names only to protect these individuals’ identities.


A Fresh Start – Re-Entry Participants Find Work in Construction Industry